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Sun 26 June 2016

Apple is finally beginning to move away from AFP and really embrace SMB with macOS Sierra. To setup samba on linux:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin
sudo cp /etc/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.bak
sudo pico /etc/samba/smb.conf

Home Files (pi)

Now change the following lines to:

wins support = yes
        browseable = yes
        read only = no

Now execute:

sudo smbpasswd -a pi
sudo service smbd restart
sudo service nmbd restart

You should now have access to your home files when you login as pi. A condensed version is below:

#======================= Global Settings =======================

   workgroup = WORKGROUP
   wins support = yes
   dns proxy = no

#### Debugging/Accounting ####
   log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
   max log size = 1000
   syslog = 0
   panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d

####### Authentication #######

   server role = standalone server
   passdb backend = tdbsam
   obey pam restrictions = yes
   unix password sync = yes
   passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
   passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
   pam password change = yes
   map to guest = bad user

############ Misc ############

# Allow users who've been granted usershare privileges to create
# public shares, not just authenticated ones
   usershare allow guests = yes

#======================= Share Definitions =======================

   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = yes
   read only = no
   create mask = 0700
   directory mask = 0700
   valid users = %S

   comment = My shared stuff
   path = /mnt
   create mask = 0700
   directory mask = 0700
   read only = no
   browseable = yes
   public = yes
   force user = pi
   #force user = root
   only guest = no

Export a Shared Folder

Create a folder or choose an existing one and make sure pi has control of it with sudo chown -R pi:pi /path/to/share. In the smb.config file from above, add the following at the bottom:

[Stuff] # name that will show up when browsing  (change it to something meaningful)
   comment = My shared stuff
   path = /mnt/usbstorage/Stuff
   create mask = 0775
   directory mask = 0775
   read only = no
   browseable = yes
   public = yes
   force user = pi
   #force user = root
   only guest = no

Where 7=rwx 5=r-x 5=r-x is for owner, group, and other. It is probably better to go with 0700 rather than 0755.

Permission    Action      chmod option
read          (view)      r or 4
write         (edit)      w or 2
execute       (execute)   x or 1

User    ls output
owner   -rwx------
group   ----rwx---
other   -------rwx

Symbolic Notation    Octal Notation    English
----------            0000               no permissions
---x--x--x            0111               execute
--w--w--w-            0222               write
--wx-wx-wx            0333               write & execute
-r--r--r--            0444               read
-r-xr-xr-x            0555               read & execute
-rw-rw-rw-            0666               read & write
-rwxrwxrwx            0777               read. write & execute

file permission ref


Also make sure SMB sharing is turned on (should be):

System Preferences -> Sharing -> File Sharing On

You should see something like (look for the smb entry):

Other users can access shared folders on this computer, and administrators
all volumes, at “afp://xx.xx.xx.xx” or “smb://xx.xx.xx.xx”.

If not, go into options and turn on SMB. Also I had to check the box next to my username.


I can also use this app to play movies on SMB shares. You can get it in the app store.

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